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Controversial Conservative Bill Bennett Becoming CNN Political Analyst In ’06

bennettdec30.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Controversial conservative talk show host Bill Bennett will become a CNN political analyst early in 2006, TVNewser has learned.

This month’s departure of Bob Novak left the network without a high-profile conservative commentator. But Bennett, a former Education Secretary and drug czar, seems to be a strange choice to add a little red to the channel. Of all the conservatives CNN could sign, why Bennett? In September, he came under fire from all sides of the political sphere for his assertion that aborting “every black baby in this country” would reduce the crime rate. Many members of Congress asked Bennett to apologize. The White House condemned his remarks. (Bennett said his comments were mischaracterized.)

Bennett was a Fox News contributor, but his contract has expired. A CNN spokesperson couldn’t confirm the signing.

In addition to the “political analyst” role, Bennett is expected to appear on a culture show the network may launch next year. Could CNN be interested in simulcasting part of his Salem radio show, too?

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